Three Years Since Michael Brown, Calling for a Decade of Truth Telling, Listening and Action

On August 9th, three years ago, I joined the Ferguson protests because St. Louis (Ferguson is part of St. Louis) was my home. My parents, siblings, nephews, cousins and grandparents are in the St.Louis/Ferguson area.  At the time, my work in peace education, nonviolence, anti-war activism and restorative justice did not prepare me to witness the strength of the American empire on streets that I had been harassed by police on decades before.  

While not quite prepared, I wasn’t surprised that police and other authorities in the region seemed to value property and the flow of business more than the lives of outraged citizens expressing their right to dissent.

Do we SEE the children?

The first CREAD Commandment states: Know your students. The importance of this principle cannot be overstated but perhaps it deserves clarification and elaboration. Fania Davis, Executive Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) reminds us of the Zulu greeting: “Sawubona” meaning, “I see you”. As culturally responsive educators, knowledge of our students requires us […]